51+7R46eRLL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Amanda Schaefer

A man with a broken past and reputation to salvage returns to his hometown changed and humbled to prove his worth and win back the woman he loves.

Seth Sileski had everything at age nineteen: handsome looks, athleticism, popularity, and intelligence. Destined for greatness, his hometown of Thunder Point had high expectations for this rising star. But a tragic accident changed everything for Seth, and suddenly those expectations altered just as his professional football career should have been beginning. Years later he returns to Thunder Point at peace with the direction his life has taken. On the surface Seth comes home as a policeman to patrol the streets and keep residents safe. He also plans to get back into the good graces of his childhood friend, Iris. Something happened during their senior year of high school and she withdrew from him; Seth wants to reclaim their friendship and see where else it can go. Having so much to prove to himself, his father, his town, and now Iris, Seth finds himself slowly coming back and being able to live up to the superstar legend from long ago.

Iris McKinley grew up in Thunder Point and is now a counselor at the high school, a job she loves. Iris’ mom, Rose, owned the local florist shop for years, and after she passed away Iris sold it to her now-best-friend, Grace. Iris just wants to focus on her job and her students, and be able to make a difference in the lives she touches. When Seth comes back into town, emotions flood Iris as the memories come back and remind her of the humiliation she felt over her experience with Seth in high school. Determined not to allow him back into her life, she continues on with her work and becomes aware of a situation involving a young girl at school. But in order to protect the girl, Iris has to work closely with Seth…and working closely with Seth can only lead to another broken heart.

After clearing the air with Seth, Iris gives him another chance and they become best friends and lovers in rapid time! Thankfully the book doesn’t end there. We get to see how Seth and Iris work together to help this young girl. The two learn their only true home is each other. The words every woman wants to hear are the words Seth said to Iris: “I want to be the person you love the most, get mad at most often, make up with because you can’t help it. I want to be the guy you laugh with, lean on, cry on, yell at, reach for.” ~happy sigh~

Even though I’ve not read the other books in the Thunder Point series, I felt like I was a welcome visitor to this town! Robyn Carr does an excellent job of allowing each book to stand on its own, but after reading The Homecoming you will definitely want to go back to the rest of the books in this series.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian fiction, women’s fiction, and any chick-lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.